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September 2008

Seneca Church Grows

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St. Mark United Methodist Church held special services September 21 consecrating newly completed renovations and additions. Special guests Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, of the South Carolina Conference, and Reverend Robert Stilwell, Superintendent of the denomination’s Anderson District, told the Seneca congregation that the new facilities represented new opportunities for ministry.

Craig Gaulden Davis designed a two-story addition that adds general purpose assembly space, a new youth room and support spaces following a master plan CGD developed in 2005. Renovations to the existing 1960’s-era building upgrade choir rehearsal space. In the sanctuary, the chancel was replaced, seating increased, and audio-visual systems added. A new narthex and entrance portico improve access and appearance from the street. SYS Constructors of Greenville was the general contractor.

St. Mark United Methodist Church was founded in 1874 as the Union Church. Reverend Steve Morgan is Pastor.

Florence Rocks Opening

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After a VIP preview the night before, The Florence (SC) Little Theatre opened its doors Friday, September 12, 2008 to sellout crowds for a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. The new theatre, designed by Craig Gaulden Davis in association with Goforth Brown Associates, seats just under 400 people. In a story for the Florence Morning News and SCNow.com published that evening, Arts and Entertainment writer Nicholas Hilbourn reports that the facility was well-received by opening night visitors. “I think (the theater) is spectacular”, said Florence resident Sally Hackney. “Florence, with a community this size, should be extremely proud to have a building of this stature.”

The project cost $10 million and was made possible by a gift from the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation. Creative Acoustics, of Norwalk Connecticut, and Theatre Consultants Collaborative, of Chapel Hill, Asheville and Toronto, provided acoustics and theatre consulting services, respectively.

Fireworks in Simpsonville

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Heritage Park Amphitheater in Simpsonville, South Carolina opened with a bang on July 4, 2008 when the Greenville Symphony played an inaugural concert accompanied by fireworks. The concert signified completion of the multi-phase construction of a 16,000 seat outdoor amphitheater at the city-owned recreation complex. Craig Gaulden Davis designed a stagehouse enclosure that will allow presentation of local and touring performances to regional audience